Alyssa & Brian Murphy

A city’s spaces are reflections of its culture. Alyssa & Brian Murphy believe in the power of thoughtful design to strengthen community.

The signs of their work are all around us, from the ice skating rink at Strawbery Banke Museum (Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Dock Pond) to Throwback Brewery and the Safe Harbor Recovery Center, each space benefiting the community and offering us new opportunities to work, play, create, and commune.

We feel like we’re making an impact on more significant scale than we can in a big city like New York.

They started Manypenny Murphy Architecture in 2010 with the mission of making significant contributions to the community and being catalysts of positive change. Many people have been attracted to their drive and vision and the Manypenny Murphy family continues to grow.

One of their team, Emily Corbett, summed up nicely how Manypenny Murphy Architecture is fueled and contributes back to the cultural scene here in our city: “One of the factors that drew many of us to Portsmouth and the Seacoast region is the access to a robust art and music scene afforded by the intimacy of a small city. While enjoying the many local cultural offerings, it’s easy to forget the incredible amount of both passion and labor required to cultivate and support an active arts community.  Part of the impetus behind our Friday Morning Coffee conversations was to make space to catch up with and learn more about community members who have helped build and shape the creative identity of Portsmouth.” (you can read her full post here)

We caught up with Brian & Alyssa at their studio on Penhallow Street.

Shot & edited by Pip Clews.

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A new architectural icon

Originally built in 1923, the Memorial Bridge has become an iconic part of our city. It was rebuilt and reopened in 2013. The original was designed by  J.A.L. Waddell and the new one echoes the look and configuration of the original, but represents a sleek, modern form that focuses on the realities of bridge design in the 21st century.

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